Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Budget Proposal Would Hurt Local Stations More Than NPR Or PBS

Budget Proposal Would Hurt Local Stations More Than NPR Or PBS

Funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be cut to zero under the proposal, and the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities would be eliminated entirely, the first time any president has proposed such a measure. Such a proposal would eliminate the $445 million that Congress now sends to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the private entity that passes the money to almost 1,500 stations affiliated with NPR, PBS and other public-media sources.

Thomas Campbell, director of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, said that federal funding was essential to smaller institutions around the country.

In many rural areas, public broadcasting is the only source of free local, national and global news, public affairs and cultural programming - and with such small populations they often rely more heavily on federal funding.

PBS President and CEO Paula Karger issued a statement outlining the low costs and high returns of public broadcasting.

But the impact on public media nationwide, Pavelko said, was also a concern.

The CPB in 2016 took $445 million, or 0.01 percent, of United States federal spending, and the National Endowment of the Arts received $146 million, or 0.004 percent, in 2015.

The administration defended the move Thursday, calling funding for the corporation a "hard sell".

Which makes Big Bird more like Dracula; he keeps coming back from the dead.

The CPB is preparing to fight the budget cuts just as they've had to do in the past.

How much CPB funding does St. Louis Public Radio receive? Their reasons generally fall into one of two areas: They object to the idea of the government funding broadcast media that competes with the private sector and/or they believe that the programs supported by CPB funding tend to be biased toward a more liberal point of view. But members of Congress should do themselves a favor by listening to the voices of their constituents instead of cozying up to the administration and its ill-advised plan to silence NPR and PBS.

Public broadcasters expect more goose eggs in Trump's first budget proposal, but they're optimistic that history will repeat itself when the budget process is completed.

Pence built a good relationship with Butler, who, at the 2014 award ceremony, said Pence won the governorship "because his neighbors in the Hoosier State saw in him the same qualities of courage, principle, sincerity, intelligence, political talent and personal grace that I had been privileged to see up close". "But we're prepared to defend ourselves".

Today, almost 1,300 public radio stations and more than 350 public TV stations serve communities in every state.

The CPB is distinct from both NPR and PBS. Larger television and radio stations will also fare okay because they enjoy support from foundations and donors. Public Broadcasting Atlanta, which focuses on metro Atlanta with 90.1/WABE and PBA 30, would also have to trim down 10 percent.

A strong, diverse base of grassroots advocates is essential to ensuring the retention of federal funding.

Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo) chairs the Senate subcommittee that oversees CPB Funding.

KCPW FM-88.3 received $78,968 from the CPB in 2016 - 3.4 percent of its budget.

On the other hand, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., proposed eliminating the funding when he was chairman of the House Budget Committee.

"The only thing that is giving me some solace today is to know where we sit in the minds of the American public", Kerger told The Hollywood Reporter, adding that she hopes supporters will continue to do what they've done whenever their budget has been threatened: Call their representatives. In urban areas - where there's a longer-lasting tradition of various forms of patronage for arts and culture (to say nothing of far more people to donate cash) - that's less of a problem.

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